Neuer Geist Creative Studio
Brighton and Derek Ballard. Photo: John Barkiple
From SLUG Magazine:
Neuer Geist: CLC Artisan
By Zaina Abujebarah
Structured and playful all at once, Neuer Geist’s mission is to innovate and create without losing the “glory of the past.” Brighton and Derek Ballard both bring their artistic abilities to the table and join creative forces to create pieces like prints and patches, as well as menus and other graphic design gems, tailored for local businesses. All are showcased on their website.
“We’re lucky to have found each other,” Brighton says. “Derek would painstakingly reproduce the logos of favorite bands and save bits of packaging or product tags that he thought were interesting, and I drew and painted constantly.” Their creative roots led to the inception of their brand. “Derek’s aesthetic is very clean, precise and calculated, while mine is more loose and suggestive,” says Brighton. “We help each other through the process of creating. We’re constantly talking about the business, giving each other feedback, helping each other with a sketch or an idea.”
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March 8, 2017
Davin Abegg made this video for his band Secret Abilities under his Swoody Records Label.
Derek Ballard (on black guitar) with his band Despite Despair performing live at The Beehive Social Club with his wife Brighton Ballard performing guest vocals.
Nadia Dolzhenko and her husband Alex Kravtsov, are currently showing their landscape photography at:
The Oasis Café
Casey Kim “Just another day shooting commercials” for Control4.
Talin Wadsworth, Lead Designer of Adobe Experience Design (XD) was interiewed on Freshed Tilled Soil’s blog.
With SLCC VAD Grads & Friends:
Brighton & Derek Ballard
Magen Mitchell & Nick Burke
Urban Arts Gallery
137 South Rio Grande Street
SLC, UT 84101
10 AM – 5 PM
VAD Graphic Design alumnus Derek Ballard, and friend of INK Brighton Ballard are among the few artists chosen to produce work for The 7th Annual Wes Anderson Art Show.
Congratulations Derek & Brighton!
“Sea Oddity” by Derek Ballard
“Royal Tenebaums Tarot Set” by Brighton Ballard
From Spoke Art:
Wes Anderson Art Show – Limited Edition Prints
“Bad Dads” – An annual group art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. After 7 years, “Bad Dads” continues to grow and progress as a dynamic group exhibition. Dozens of artists are invited every year to contribute works, spanning from paintings to sculptures to limited edition screen prints, all in tribute to one the world’s most noteworthy filmmakers.
The 7th annual Wes Anderson Art Show is now online for purchase and viewing at:
“Excited to announce our album cover for our new record OLD SCIENCE. This design was created by the amazing Derek Ballard. Along with the artwork he gave a detailed explanation of the design. The meanings he attached to this idea, and the thoughtfulness he put into it mean the world to us. Better than anything we could have hoped for. Here is his description for his work. Thank you to everyone for the support. Album out Friday.”
FROM DEREK BALLARD, VAD Graphic Design Alumnus:
“Everything in the gold overlay is represented in an art deco style, with confident lines, clean type, and strong iconography. I created a symbol based on the sextant, a dynamic tool used by explorers, and a personal point of interest. Travelers, sailors and explorers found an invaluable advantage through celestial navigation. Looking to the stars with the use of reflections, angles and the horizon replaced their dependency on the fickle method of dead-reckoning and gave them a better understanding of their current position and desired destination. I feel the functionality of this ancient tool (looking forward through use of reflection) can be strikingly emblematic to the emotional themes woven throughout the album.
The background image is a hand, subtly illustrated. At first glance, it looks as though the fingers have dipped into the water below, implying purification. However, on closer inspection, it’s clear that each fingertip has been lacerated for the purpose of bloodletting – and the pool below is the consequence of which. This OLD SCIENCE was chosen as a poignant way to suggest pain, tribulation, and release. It connects with the physical discomfort most musicians feel after spilling their souls into the writing of music, playing until their fingers erupt. It’s my hope that this synthesis of imagery will visually echo the themes of hurt, reconciliation, and growth revealed through the audible and lyrical content of this album.”
From Derek Ballard, VAD Graphic Design alumnus:
“I love cycling and I love print! I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to contribute a cover illustration to BONESHAKER MAGAZINE. I just stumbled upon this well executed video about the magazine, that has some nice shots of Issue 16, with the cover I illustrated.”
The SLUG MAG Bike Issue hit the streets today. I had the privilege of designing the cover. Snatch one up to get the lowdown on Salt Lake City bicycle happenings.”
Congratulations Derek on your striking yellow cover illustration. BTW, that’s Derek’s wife, Brighton, on the bike! And… another one on SLUG!
(Photos clockwise from top left)
JILL DE HAAN
Salt Lake Community College VAD Graphic Design alumni are always busy. What’s new?
Jill De Haan designed the cover of Daphne du Maurier’s book “My Cousin Rachel.” Her cover was chosen by Communication Arts to be featured on their website. CA is the premier international magazine for visual communications.
Matt Page announced that “B is for Brains – ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse” has been shipped! The author, Ellie Sutton, contacted Matt after she saw his illustrative work online. If you didn’t pre-order, the book will be available soon for all you zombie parents!
Derek Ballard created the design and branding for Blue Poblano, a Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City. Derek is not only a designer, but also an illustrator, musician, and avid cyclist.
Keith Beard hosted the first Miri Gallery “Arty.” Keith owns Miri Gallery and has hosted several shows both for himself and others. The “Arty” was open to friends and artists for an evening of color book group painting.
Nice work everyone!
Extended through January 15, 2016
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
Edna Runswick Taylor Foyer / East Entrance
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115
If you haven’t visited the INK Show yet, be sure to check it out. We’re happy and proud to show the work of eighteen Alumni & Friends of INK.
Nadya Bratt • Brighton Ballard • Derek Ballard • Keith Beard • Alisa Bishop • Isaac Christensen • Jill DeHaan • Ruben De La Torre • Casey Kim • Esther Longmore • Josh Madden • Chris Manfre • Magen Mitchell • Matt Page • Hillary Spillane • Jynette Tigner • Virag White
For more information:
From Boneshaker Magazine:
Boneshaker Magazine, founded in 2009 in Bristol, England, is a celebration of cycling, full of articles, personal stories and anecdotes about people and projects doing great things with bicycles around the globe. Derek Ballard’s design “Courier Girl” appeared on the cover of Boneshaker Magazine, Issue 16.
Now “Courier Girl” is available to purchase as a digital print. Printed by Rik at Ripe Digital onto thick, textured, A3 size Tintoretto Gesso art paper, each print hand embossed with the Boneshaker embosser.
Check out more of Derek’s work at iamconduit.com
The 2015 Craft Lake City DIY Festival was held at the Gallivan Center on Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th. Several VAD Alumni participated:
Obake Style / Magen Mitchell & Nick Burke
Katrina (Flores) Parkinson
Derek Ballard & Brighton Metz
From Craft Lake City:
“The Craft Lake City DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival was formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake UnderGround), as a way to showcase local DIY (do it yourself) culture.
Since then, Craft Lake City has expanded the DIY Festival to become the state’s largest, local-centric, two-day arts festival, with over 200 local artisans, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Building, two stages for musical and dance performances, local food vendors, food trucks and hosting over 40,000 festival attendees.
Furthermore, the organization seeks to enhance Utah’s DIY arts culture by broadening the definition of “craft” to encompass all things handmade – including craft food, STEM and DIY engineers (electronic makers).”